Vu past photo

Hi, my name is Vu Nguyen. I am a designer and developer specializing in user interfaces and interaction design.


I was born in Vietnam in 1983 and a year later my father went to work in Bulgaria, a small country in Eastern Europe. I had been traveling back and forth between Vietnam and Bulgaria for 11 years when my family moved permanently to Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. During that time I had a chance to visit a few countries including Germany, Hungary and Russia. I came to the US in 2002 and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in visual communication in 2006. After school, I got offered a job as a graphics editor at The New York Times, where I stayed until 2008 and left to work for msnbc.com.

Vu present photo


I now live in Seattle and work as a designer/developer lead at msnbc.com, where I manage a small team to come up with UX concepts and prototypes for the site. I am also a freelance graphics designer. While not working, I try to explore the areas around my new home in Seattle. This blog is a venue for me to showcase my works and express my thoughts on design and the web.

Honors and awards

Works featured in design books and publications such as: The Functional Art, Visual Language for Designers, Infografía 2.0, The Best of Newspaper Design and Malofiej

2010 – Best in business from Society of American Business Editors and Writers for Adveristy Index Map

2009 – Climbing Kilimanjaro was chosen to be part of the Design USA exhibition at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

2007 – Gold from malofiej 16 for Climbing Kilimanjaro

2007 – Gold from Society of News Design for Climbing Kilimanjaro

2007 – Best of Category: Interactive/Digital award in the 2007 CaGIS/ACSM Map Design Competition for Climbing Kilimanjaro

2007 – Awards of Excellence from Society of News Design for Endorsements of all shapes and sizes

2007 – Awards of Excellence from Society of News Design for Election ’08 Campaign Finance

2007 – The 50 Best Websites of 2007 from Time.com for White City Stories

2006 – Mildred Gifford Scholarship

2006 – Documentary Multimedia Scholarship

2005 – Quincy Sharpe Mills Scholarship

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